I'm obviously getting into the comments very late, but I felt the need to reply.
If you plan on replacing your nytimes.com reading with BBC News, you obviously have never read both of them. They are nothing alike. Whereas the BBC mainly reports strictly news (with an arguable anti-US spin that has grown tiresome to me), the NYTimes produces fantastic journalism. They have the best columnists and investigative reporters anywhere. Their travel and food sections are second to none. I also enjoy the tone of their writing -- it carries a more traditional, formal language than many newspapers these days.
I will watch with great interest how this plays out. I love my nytimes.com and would have to think hard about whether to pay for it.
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